Bachelor of Science in aeronautics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1949. Master of Science in aeronautics, California Institute of Technology, 1952.
With Douglas Aircraft Company, Santa Monica, California, 1949-1951, with Long Beach, since 1955, assistant chief aerodynamics, commercial programs, District of Columbia-10 deputy director aerodynamics, 1967-1971, director technical, 1971-1976, director advanced engring, 1976-1979, director aircraft design, 1979-1981, vice president engineering, 1981-1987. Vice president, general manager commercial advanced products Douglas Aircraft, 1987-1989, consultant, 1989-1993. Professor aircraft design California State University, Long beach, since 1990.
Member aeronautical advisory committee National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, 1981-1987. Member aeronautical and space engineering board National Research Council, Washington, 1982-1985. Member University engineering advisory and development council California State University-Long Beach, since 1983.
Member aeronautical engineering technical industrial advisory board Arizona State University, Tempe, 1983-1986. Member committee on science and technical United States House Representatives, Congressional Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, Washington, 1984-1987.
Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Institute for Advancement of Engineering, Society Automotive Engineers (technical board 1983-1985, board directors 1990-1993), member, Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, 1997-2003. Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Aeronautical Club of Southern California, Tau Beta Pi, Gamma Alpha Rho.
Married Barbara Powell Harkness, October 8, 1949. Children– Margaret Jo, Roger Donald Junior.